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Models hit the Amman catwalk to raise funds for child refugees

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Fashion fans in the Jordanian capital Amman turned out in force to support child refugees living in the country.

Models displaying a variety of styles, ranging from day wear, to evening wear walked along a catwalk, showcasing the different outfits.

Local designers donated most of the outfits on show; an Orange top was by local designer J Walking in Style, and jewelry by Nadia Dajani, known for her use of Arabic calligraphy.

The charity event was set up by the Jordanian arm of charity organization, Save the Children.
Not only was it an opportunity for women to see the designs, but they were also able to buy them as part of a charity auction.

With bidding underway, women competed to snap up the clothes, one popular item was a black vintage Yves Saint Laurent gown that sold for 900 Jordanian dinars, around $1,270.

A Nadia Dajani necklace was snapped up for 150 Jordanian Dinars, $211.

Attending the event was the head of Save the Children's Jordan office, Manal al-Wazani.

“All the proceeds collected today will, God willing, go directly to the refugees. So we will not use the proceeds to fund any programs but we will use this to benefit the refugees themselves. We have studied the needs of various factions of refugees, and according to this we will use the funds to provide these needs for the refugees,” said al Wazani.

Organizers said they raised more than 10,300.00 Jordanian dinars, more than $14,500.00.

Jordan has seen an influx of Syrian refugees who have fled the bloodshed in their homeland. Many of them live in the Zaatari refugee camp in the north of the country.

According to figures from the charity around 60 percent of refugees in Jordan are children.

The United Nations says more than half the 642,000 refugees who have sought refuge from the Syrian conflict in neighboring countries are children and the number of people fleeing could almost double by June.

Jordan has 171,033 registered Syrian refugees, as well as 51,729 who await processing, many of who fled fighting around the southern Syrian town of Deraa last month.